“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed (John 20:29).
It matters what you believe.
Our whole approach and attitude towards Jesus Christ matters. The devil may try to feed you a lie that taking it easy and going through life without a conscience or commitment is okay, because we love everybody and God understands where we’re coming from, or others may take a more passive approach and not get involved with outsiders at all. It’s time to be aware that souls are slipping through our fingers, while we entertain ourselves with complacency. The bible instructs us to “pull them out of the fire.” It’s not a casual, gentle, handshake that will save lives. It will take honesty and integrity, speaking the truth in love, with wisdom and discernment.
If we spend a life of indifference and apathy, how can we fulfill God’s purpose?
It took mighty men and women of God to overcome the obstacles that were placed before them just to call the name of Jesus Christ., yet they were willing to die for this truth. Are we? I don’t know the future, but I do know that we all need to wake up and realize that Jesus Christ is soon to return for his bride that is ready without spot or wrinkle.
The Trap: You can Believe Whatever you Want
That’s exactly what happened to Eve, when the Serpent came to her in the Garden of Eden. She listened to him and as he proceeded to convince her that the Lord wouldn’t withhold any good thing from her, he made her feel deprived of the forbidden fruit. He will tell us that we’ll be okay living a mediocre lifestyle with just enough of the Lord’s spirit that we don’t completely turn away from him. He will soothe our conscience and say that we’re safe because we’ve already been baptized, so it doesn’t matter if we don’t follow all those rules. Or, he may convince us that God’s rules don’t apply to us, today. We lose our prayer life, and the things that we would have never consider doing before; like missing church, get easier to do. It is true, a coral snake has vibrant colors, but don’t touch it because it can prove deadly.
What you think on matters to God, and it matters to the health of the body of Christ.
When one member of your body is in pain, a toe or foot, the entire body suffers. When one person in the body becomes weak with indifference, it affects the whole body and the atmosphere of the church.
I want the Lord’s Spirit to move freely in our services so that souls will be saved and saints will be renewed. We all have come short of the glory of God. We all need to repent. I don’t want to be like the seven churches discussed in Revelation. I don’t want to lose my first love, I don’t want God to spew me out of his mouth because I am lukewarm, I don’t want to be guilty of being arrogant and in need of nothing, only to find out that the Lord sees me as wretched and poor.
It’s time to rediscover our first love.
Can you remember how it felt when you first found Jesus Christ? When you were filled with the Holy Ghost for the first time? We are in a season that sometimes causes us to become melancholy as we remember the child in all of us. The wonder has left us after so many years of battle. What should be a time of renewal, thanksgiving, and celebration of Jesus Christ, has been diminished to the gift buying craze of 21st century gadgetry.
Stop trying to live in the past, and start appreciating the wonder that the Lord presents you with every moment of your life. Yes, the devil will try to steal away the true meaning of Christmas; yes, the season does bring out the best and worst in people, but still; we need to stop, and not lose our purpose or our soul because we were too distracted to notice that we were without enough oil in our lamps.
Your vision for living an abundant life can be fulfilled.
It will take believing and faith in God. that can only be accomplished by trusting that “God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” In this week’s Lattereign, we take a classic fairy tale and put a Christian spin on it. This has been passed down through the years, but it still speaks to us, today. Don’t settle for mediocre when Jesus Christ owns it all and has taught us the true meaning of giving. He gave himself, because he loved us. Stay ready and be watchful.